BJP corporator's husband hacked to death in salon

BJP corporator's husband hacked to death in salon

Brutal attack by five unidentified armed men; political enmity suspected

A BJP corporator’s realtor husband was hacked to death by five unidentified men who assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons at a hair salon in K R Puram on Wednesday morning. Political enmity is suspected to be the motive. 

The victim, Ciripura N Srinivas, 43 — the husband of Devasandra (Ward No 55) Corporator R Manjula Devi — entered the Choice Men’s Salon located on Sathyappa Reddy Building on Moula Road near the Government First Grade College in KR Puram at 8.45 am for shaving and facial. Every Wednesday, he would visit the salon and the assailants apparently knew it. 

As he sat down on a chair, the assailants, who wore helmets and were reportedly tailing him, barged into the shop around 9 am, brandishing lethal weapons. Even before Srinivas could spring out of the chair and react to the situation, they assaulted him with full force. They slashed the upper portion of his head, which cracked open and parts of the brain flowed out. The assailants fled in no time. 

Venkatesh, the shop owner, said his son Ramesh was present when the incident occurred. “My son was staggered. He couldn’t fathom the incident,” Venkatesh told Deccan Herald. “He called me up but could not properly explain what had happened.” 

Venkatesh further said that he then rushed to the shop and took Srinivas, who bled profusely, to a government hospital. Thereafter, he was taken to the Manipal Hospital on Old Airport Road where he was declared dead. The body was later shifted to the Victoria Hospital where the post-mortem was conducted. The family got the body thereafter. 

Political enmity is the motive for the murder, Commissioner of Police, Raghavendra Auradkar, later said in a statement. On April 19, 2013, Srinivas’s close associate, Vishwanath was attacked and police had arrested eight men — Navin, Pratap, Harish, Naveen, Madhusudan, Arun, Nadim and Mohan in that connection. The suspects, Auradkar stated, actually wanted to attack Srinivas. 

The victim had political rivalry with the suspects who followed one political leader or the other. The conspiracy to murder Srinivas was hatched three months ago, Auradkar added. 

Considering the sensitivity of the case ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the police top brass was quick to assign the investigation to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) and special teams have been formed to arrest the suspects. 

Investigators are examining the footage of a CCTV camera on the road. They are also digging out information about the victim’s the personal and professional rivalries. His immediate past life is also being scrutinised. 

Tension gripped most parts of K R Puram following the murder. Shops and commercial establishments down shutters voluntarily. Most residents chose to stay indoors, leaving the streets deserted. Police deployed additional forces to prevent the spread of violence. A KSRP platoon was stationed as a precautionary measure. 

The situation was tense outside the Victoria Hospital mortuary when many politicians, including former deputy chief minister R Ashoka and former KR Puram MLA Nandish Reddy, visited it and demanded that the police arrest the culprits. 

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